Polycarpe Honsek-Hokwoy

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A group of eight armed men arrested Honsek-Hokwoy, editor of the weekly private newspaper La Solidarité, at his newspaper’s offices in Kinshasa and took him to the Gombe public prosecutor’s office for interrogation. The day before, Honsek-Hokwoy had published an article entitled “The Fall of the House of Kabila: Mawampanga arrested at last!” The article reported that police forces had arrested Finance Minister Mawampanga Mwana Nanga after a local judge indicted him on corruption charges. The report was apparently incorrect, but no further details were available at year’s end.

Honsek-Hokwoy was accused of distributing false news. He was being held without trial at a Kinshasa-Gombe military camp.